“Back the Blue” NASCAR Honors Fallen Officers

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DALLAS - Usually when a police car is involved in a high speed chase its bad news but this weekend the need for speed will be for a good cause.

This is the “Back the Blue” edition of the #83 car that will honor the Dallas Police Department and every fallen officer within the department since its founding.

The names of all 84 officers are displayed on the hood behind the Dallas PD badge. It’s in collaboration with Dallas-based car products company ZAK.

The vehicle is the first ever sponsored NASCAR supporting a police department. ZAK founder & CEO Vic Keller was proud to be able to provide a helping hand in getting the car cruiser ready, “I've joked a lot about possibly putting a light rack on the car so we can get some of the guys in front of us out of the way and hopefully get the car in victory lane.”

That may be wishful thinking but the tribute is a dream come true for Interim Chief David Pughes and the men and women in blue. “What an incredible tribute to everybody who has made the ultimate sacrifice for this city and I can`t say enough about what that means to not only me but the entire Dallas Police Department," Pughes said.

So don't be surprised when you see this cruiser on the racetrack trading paint instead of pulling speedsters over. You'll get your chance to cheer on this fast moving tribute Sunday at 1pm when it races in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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